If you live in Mississippi, the following statistics may shock you. Did you know that in 2010 alone, there were 581 fatal car crashes in the state of Mississippi, with 236 deaths attributed to alcohol impairment? In 2012, drunk-driving fatalities represented 31 percent--almost a full third--of the total traffic deaths in the state. Statistically, two out of every three people killed in a Mississippi motor vehicle crash are not wearing a seat belt, with teens and their passengers the least likely group to wear a seat belt.
While refraining from drinking and driving is an obvious way to help avoid a car accident, there are other tips, which can help you avoid becoming a statistic in the state of Mississippi. Some of these include the following:
Secure Your Children Properly
One of the primary methods of avoiding a car accident is to ensure your children are safely buckled in car seats and safety belts, and understand they are not allowed to climb around the vehicle or fight with one another. Distracted driving has made it to the number one slot for causes of auto accidents. Parents are particularly susceptible to distractions when there are children and babies in the vehicle. A parent may attempt to pick up a bottle or toy for a baby while driving, or may turn around to see what the children are up to. These actions can be extremely dangerous, as the parent's eyes are off the road for several seconds. Considering a vehicle can travel the length of a football field at a speed of 55 mph in five seconds, turning around to tend to children is never a good idea. Never leave your driveway unless all children are safely buckled in, and teach your children from an early age they are not allowed to distract you while you are driving.
NO Texting - Never, ever, text and drive.
While texting and driving is deadly, even talking on a cell phone can be dangerous and distracting. Cell phones take your focus away from the task of arriving safely at your destination, and there are few phone calls or texts, which are worth having an accident over.
Never Drive Fatigued - Avoid driving when you are tired.
Fatigued driving is a serious issue among truck drivers who routinely drive eleven hours at a stretch, however it is also a problem among other drivers as well. In fact, according to a Sleep in America poll, 60 percent of adult drivers admit to driving while drowsy. A staggering third of all American drivers admitted to falling asleep while driving. About four percent (11 million drivers) say they have had an accident, or near-accident because they were too exhausted to drive. Adults between the ages of 18 and 29 are more likely to drive drowsy than other age groups, and men are more likely to engage in drowsy driving than women--and twice as likely as women drivers to actually fall asleep at the wheel. A study done in Australia showed that being awake for a period of 18 hours straight resulted in the same level of impairment as driving with a BAC of 0.05 percent.
Regular Vehicle Maintenance - Make sure your vehicle is in tip-top condition.
The condition of your car can play a crucial role in your ability to prevent a potentially fatal accident. As an example, if your car's brakes are worn, you may be unable to come to a quick stop. If the alignment of your vehicle is off, you could find yourself unable to handle the vehicle, particularly during snowy or icy weather. The condition of your tires is also critical to driving safely. Regular inspections of your vehicle can ensure it is road-worthy and does not contribute to a Mississippi car accident.
Deep Breaths & Relax - Bring your patience anytime you get behind the wheel.
In our fast-paced world, it can feel as though there are simply not enough hours in the day. We may think driving over the speed limit will give us a few extra precious minutes in our day, yet in reality, you could end up in a serious accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, excess speed is a factor in about 30 percent of all traffic fatalities. The crash force on impact doubles with every ten miles per hour increase in speed above 50 miles per hour, and as the crash force increases, so do the odds of receiving serious injuries or being killed in an automobile crash.
If, despite all your best efforts, you find yourself involved in a car accident, the best choice you can make following the accident is to contact an experienced Mississippi car accident attorney who will protect your rights and your future.
Contact Our Jackson Car Accident Lawyers
If you are involved in a car accident in Jackson, Hattiesburg, Meridian, or anywhere in the State of Mississippi, the best thing you can do is to contact an experienced Mississippi car accident attorney who will protect your rights and assist you in receiving a fair settlement for your injuries.
At Coxwell & Associates, PLLC, our attorneys believe in fighting aggressively for injured Mississippi car accident victims - to ensure that they receive the money they need to fully recover. We can help you obtain the money you need to fully recover. Contact Coxwell & Associates today at 1-601-948-1600 or 1-877-231-1600.